African-American Settlement in Cambria County

This Settlement was founded in the late 1790's by Edinborough Smith and William Harshberger - whose families have called the Johnstown Area home for over 200 years.










Friday, November 19, 2010

Possible Picture of Laurel Hill Settlers


I recently ran across this photo of African Americans helping with the clean up from the 1889 Flood. There weren't that many living around here at the time. I have a feeling that included in this picture could possibly be John Smith, John Brown, even a 20 year old Elmer (Harshberger) Brown  along with Lizzie Harshberger. They had the wagon and the means, considering rescue crews needed all the help they could get.
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